Summer Revolution

from Sea Change by Richard Turgeon

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This song started like many others for me—I heard a piece of it in my head. In this case, the chorus melody, which was kind of poppy.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Oasis lately (I know I’m late to the party, even though an old bandmate tried to get me into them).

I’ve never really been into the Brit-pop thing, but I’ve always been into hard rock and pop blended together. I think that’s what made this formative melody bleed into what’s easily one of my hardest rocking songs yet. I wanted to try something totally different with this one. As I kept digging into it, I heard a lot of influences I don’t really write to: AC/DC, Guns ’n’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Oasis for sure. I’m not even a Stones fan. So when I stared writing more bits and pieces around this tune, like the opening riff, I just went with it.

Honestly I thought the song sucked at first, especially when I wrote the lyrics, which I had to write old-school in my Moleskin because large swaths of California’s power was out for several days. More honesty: I almost abandoned this tune altogether. I thought this was something for someone else, not something I could really pull off.

But this happens with a lot of my songs. I think they’re terrible at first. But I’ve also been doing this long enough to know that shaping, molding, rewriting and the process is what makes it yours, and what makes it better.

As I type this, I just finished what I think will be the final mix for the tune. The marching you hear throughout is actually me recording my own stomping on a few paper bags in my home office—four tracks recorded with my iPhone and doubled for a total of 8 tracks. A veritable army of sound, right? Reverb rules.

All that said, this song was a nice outlier for me since it’s different and rocks harder than what I usually do—more grit, more blues, more volume, more edge. It helped me relearn that any artist needs to try new things, constantly push themselves, get out of their comfort zone.

I really hope you like “Summer Revolution.” It’s a free download for now, but if you dig it, please donate an amount of your choice. Share the link on your social channels. Thanks for reading and listening as always!

- Rich

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We never asked for your opinion
We’re tired of hearing you know best
Your had your time and look what happened
Just look around, you made this mess

You’re on the air, but we don’t listen
A talking head we’re tuning out

This time we see right through you
You’re nothing new

We’re starting a summer revolution
Ready to cast you all aside
Writing a brand new constitution
Marching these streets all through the night

Don’t look behind you ‘cause we’ll be there
Don’t seem to get what it’s about
It’s finally time to step down from your throne
Don’t talk ‘cause we will drown you out

You’re on the air, but we don’t listen
A talking head we’re tuning out

This time we see right through you
Yeah we know just what you’re up to
No one’s buying what you’re selling
It’s nothing new

We’re starting a summer revolution
Ready to cast you all aside
Writing a brand new constitution
Marching these streets all through the night

Summer revolution
Summer revolution
Let’s start a revolution
Summer revolution

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from Sea Change, track released November 9, 2019
Music, lyrics, all noises, produced, recorded, mixed, mastered by Richard Turgeon.

Music/lyrics (c) 2019 all rights reserved. This recording may not be sold or duplicated in any way without the expressed written permission of the artist.

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Richard Turgeon San Francisco, California

I'm a suburban dad who writes, performs, and produces original rock songs. I play most of the instruments myself.

My new EP, 'Campfire Songs,' is available now on all digital outlets and on Kool Kat Records (CD).

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